Larne Sinn Fein member backs equality complaint

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Sinn Féin Councillor James McKeown has backed a complaint on housing provision, which was lodged with the Equality Commission by his party colleagues.

The Coast Road representative, who is standing for election to Mid and East Antrim Council on May 22, said: “The housing crisis across the North has hit epidemic proportions with the problem now as bad as those in the ‘60s, especially for nationalists.

“Minister for Social Development Nelson McCausland has failed to provide enough new housing and Sinn Féin has concerns that housing isn’t being allocated according to need. We are not prepared to tolerate a return to the bad old days of discrimination on housing.

“We have been working on this issue with people from the trade unions, housing rights campaigners, NGOs and the families and individuals who are suffering from this mess.

“We have lodged a complaint with the Equality Commission and are looking for an in-depth investigation in the way that social housing is provided.

“Having a home is a basic human right and Sinn Féin is determined that everyone who needs a home will have one based only on need.”